Dec 20, 2012 6:00am PST
and senate committees after that blistering report on exactly what went wrong in benghazi, the committee headed by thomas pickering and admiral mike mullen. admiral mullen had this to say. >> while we did not find that any individual u.s. government employee engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities, we did conclude that certain state department bureau level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrated a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission. >> a total of four senior state department officials have either resigned or placed on administrative leave in the wake of this report but what about secretary of state hillary clinton. she's in charge and she initially took the fall. >> i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department. 60,000 plus people all over the world, 275 posts. the president and the vice president certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by
Dec 4, 2012 9:00am PST
. on the downside, you see what's happening with the benghazi affair. she's likely to have a bruising confirmation process. some republican senators said they might hold up her nomination. that could drag out a while. john kerry, on the other hand, would be easily confirmable. you see the senators are encouraging president obama to nominate him. senator kerry also has a lot of world stature, has relationships with many world leaders. he's seen as someone who could help build on those relationships to further foreign policy and also senator kerry also, as chairman of the foreign relations committee, very popular chairman, has a lot of diplomatic experience. president obama has used him you know out of a quasi unofficial envoy to go and talk to leader in trouble spots like afghanistan, pakistan, and syria at one point. on the negative side, senator kerry's not seen as someone who is as close and enjoys the same close relationship with president obama that embassy rice does. he's not seen as being in that inner circle. and that's a problem former secretary colin powell had. >> he may have gotten clos
Dec 13, 2012 11:00am PST
and the aftermath of the attacks on benghazi and libya that killed the ambassador there and several others. so she's come under fire because of the administration's response. we've seen many veteran senators very critical of her, including senators john mccain and lindsey graham. they will have much more on "the situation room" as this news is just coming out, what this means. let me get to the statement here, the statement from the white house. quote, i spoke to ambassador rice and accepted her decision to remove her name -- this is the president -- remove her name from consideration for secretary of state. it goes on. for two decades susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. as my ambassador to the united nations, she plays a role in american's interest. she has secured international support in sanctions against korea and stood up for sudan and stood for the human rights of all people. it goes on to say that he's very grateful that she will continue to serve as ambassador to the united nations. it's been widely known that she has been the topic.
Dec 13, 2012 6:00am PST
on the benghazi attack will hear from hillary clinton. the house committee announced clinton will testify next thursday. that attack killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. >>> there is encouraging news for jerry brown. his doctors say his prognosis is excellent for prostate cancer. >>> police say five armed men in ski masks robbed a jewelry store near l.a., shot the clerk and led police on a high speed chase. one man was caught after jumping from his car and running into a park filled with police officers handing out gifts to schoolchildren. two others ran through the cal state fullerton campus. campus was on lockdown, but police didn't find them. the other two were caught. >>> some breaking news now out of afghanistan. short time ago, a you suicide bomber detonated a vehicle outside the 2k3w5i9 gates of ka air base. panetta had been there. initial reports are saying that several coalition soldiers were wounded along with as many as ten civilians. want to know live to erin burnett who is in kabul, afghanistan right now. what are you hearing about this? >> reporter: well, i c